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January 24, 2011

AARP offers free tax return preparation

Ada — ADA — AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is again offering free tax return preparation for taxpayers with middle and low incomes. This volunteer service has been offered in this area since the early 1970’s. The site will be located at the Ada Masonic Lodge Hall, 730 North Crestview, beginning on Thursday, Feb 3.

Operation hours in February will be Mondays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Beginning in March the site will only be open on Mondays, at the same hours, through  April 11, 2011.

All ages are welcome, and do not need to be members of AARP to be helped. Tax returns will be completed while taxpayer waits and e-filed the same day.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service.

Over 35,000 volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, helped over 2,600,000 taxpayers last year file their federal, state, and local tax returns. The Ada site is one of over 6,500 sites nationwide, and is one of the 5.200 sites where e-filing is offered.

Free electronic filing (e-file) will be available for all returns because this ensures a more accurate tax return and faster processing of tax refunds. Persons who owe taxes can e-file early and later mail the payment at their convenience anytime before April 15.

Taxpayers are asked to bring with them their own picture ID and a Social Security card for every person listed on their tax return. Each person should also bring their 2009 return, along with all their information for 2010. Taxpayers who have purchased a new home or a new car in 2010 may qualify to receive additional credits this year.

Local volunteers, in order to be certified to prepare taxes at the site, will attend this year’s training session in January and must pass a comprehensive test on 2010 tax preparation. The training will be conducted by Andy Hood and Bette Cole, who are IRS trained instructors, along with guests from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service and a visit by the State AARP Taxaide Coordinator. .

Volunteers this year include Bob Ardiana, M. E. Carr, Bette Cole, Morris Gonsoulin, , Andy Hood, Diane Bond, Don Clark, Marcia Carter, Lanny Sliger, Frank Shanklin, Dee McKinney, Vestel Cole, Joann Hood, Jennifer Hood, Wanda Privett, Fran Henley, Dorothy Milligan, Anita Ardiana and Ruth Ann Taylor.

Appointments are given to keep taxpayer’s waiting time at a minimum. For an appointment to have your taxes prepared or questions answered, call 580/332-3882 .

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